Around 800 people die from bowel cancer in our region every year.
But the charity Bowel Cancer UK says the condition is treatable, even curable, if caught early enough and is now campaigning for GP's to be able to get patients tested sooner.
A woman from Bedfordshire, who has terminal bowel cancer, is helping raise awareness of the disease to help others avoid the same fate
Gail Allen, 54, from Arlesey in Bedfordshire went to her GP repeatedly with abdominal pain, but didn't have a colonoscopy for 13 months. By this time the cancer had spread to her liver and lungs. She will never know if earlier diagnosis could have saved her life.
Gail is supporting a campaign by Bowel Cancer UK who want GPs to be given the flexibility to send more people for tests, particularly colonoscopy's, which are the most accurate way to identify bowel cancer
- Bowel cancer is the second biggest cancer killer in the UK
- More than 16,000 people die from the disease every year
- 9 out of ten people will survive if diagnosed early
- How to spot the symptoms
Gail is trying to build as many happy memories with her family in the time they have left together. Her other main focus, is trying to stop anybody else being diagnosed too late.